At the beginning of John 13 it says that Jesus, "loved his own who were in the world," and that, "he loved them to the end." And when Jesus prayed to his heavenly Father, he prayed for us. But when he prayed for us, what did he ask for? Today we'll find out as we continue our study of Jesus' Great High-priestly Prayer in John 17.
By definition, a priest is one who makes a sacrificial offering to God on behalf of the people. Jesus is our Great High-priest who makes the offering of his very self for the life and for the salvation of the world. Here's Part 1 of a study of Jesus' Great High-priestly Prayer in John 17.
Of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Luke offers the most systematic account of Jesus' life and teachings. In this episode, we look at the beginning of Luke 5, where Jesus calls three fishermen to be his apostles. This passage shows us how sharing the Gospel is a spiritual discipline.
Most of Matthew 22 finds the Jewish authorities barraging Jesus with questions. The chapter ends with Jesus asking a question of his own, one the Jewish leaders are not comfortable answering. Today we look at Matthew 22:35-46.
You can find my complete notes on this reading on the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church YouTube channel.
The importance of sharing a meal is universal to the human experience, you can find it in diverse cultures across the globe. Sitting at a table together, breaking bread fosters a sense of unity and belonging. So, it should come as no surprise to us that the Lord uses the imagery of a feast to teach us about his Kingdom. In this episode we look at the parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22.
Everything we have in the life of the Church is part of God's divine prescription for our healing that allows us to come into communion with Christ and to grow in our faith. In Part Four of the Four Pillars Retreat Series, we look at how daily spiritual practices ground and nourish our faith.
"Just as there are 'better angels of our nature,' there are also 'lesser angels' of our nature. We have the capacity for compassion, but we also have the capacity for indifference. We have the capacity for forgiveness and for resentment. We can build bridges and we can burn them, we can heal and and we can hurt. We have to very intentionally choose the path of compassion and forgiveness and healing, and of all those things carried in that phrase 'the better angels of our nature.'"
Sometimes, it's hard to know God's plan for us. But if we're being truthful, even when his plan is clear, it can still be hard to process. Here are some thoughts on what to do when all we want to do is walk away.
In part two in a series on the "Four Pillars of Our Healing" we learn that it's not only hard to sometimes see the forest for the trees, it is also hard to see the Tree for all the noise. Sound cryptic? Listen on!
St. Isaac the Syrian said: “Enter eagerly into the treasure-house that lies within you, and so you will see the treasure-house of heaven; for the two are the same, and there is but one single entry to them both.” The thing is, the journey into the treasure-house of the soul looks like the spiritual version of an Indiana Jones movie. In the words of St. John of Kronstadt: "My life is a lengthy, stubborn, and constant battle with myself, a battle which I am waging at present being constantly fortified by God's grace." Fortunately, this isn't a journey that we have to take by ourselves.
The story of the Publican and the Pharisee, martial arts, and this quote from St. Porphyrios: "When a temptation threatens to inflict you, don’t fight it..." Listen in to find out how we tie all of this together.